THE FUSE Vol 2: Gridlock goes on sale this week.
ZERO-G MURDER IN THE COLD OF SPACE! They call it ‘Gridlocking’ — maglev-bike races across the Fuse’s vast solar arrays. Fast, dangerous, and very illegal. So when the #1 gridlock racer turns up dead, Klem and Ralph begin their own race to catch a killer… in a case that will force them into the dark underbellies of drug smuggling and terrorism in zero-g!
‘Gridlock’ is a step-change from Vol 1, ‘The Russia Shift’, with more action, not to mention quite a bit more sci in the fi. After easing readers into the familiar-but-odd world of THE FUSE, we’re now diving deep into orbital space culture — as well as solving a murder or two, of course!
THE FUSE Vol 2: Gridlock is 160 pages of sci-fi crime, and available from all good comic and book stores.
SILENCAEON is the name of my new dark ambient music project.
Most people know I’m a big old metalhead in my spare time, but less well known is my love for experimental, ambient, and drone (Not least because it’s great writing music!)
My interest started with Brian Eno’s groundbreaking ‘discreet music’ soundscapes, and developed through the ’90s when ambient outfits like Aphex Twin, Autechre, and FSOL were at their peak. Towards the end of that period, darker bands like Sunn O))) and Neurosis started bringing a heavy metal attitude to their pioneering soundscapes, and the darkwave movement began its own modern revival, all of which I revelled in.
So basically, there’s a whole bunch of stuff going on here. And if you like any of the music I just mentioned, you might like SILENCAEON too.
The first release, Thorn, is now available at Bandcamp. Stream for free, or buy to download. And enjoy.
THE FUSE #12 goes on sale this week, ending the ‘Gridlock’ story with murderous revelations…
CATHY KUANG’S MURDER — SOLVED! But what will the truth cost Klem and Ralph? It’s a dangerous place out there on the solar arrays, as Ralph is about to find out…!
…And one hell of a cliffhanger concerning Ralph and his mysterious motivations!
Finally, our backup strip TABLOID also draws to a close this issue, with Phoebe finally piecing together the story that nearly cost her life.
THE FUSE #12 is available from all good comics stores with the order code JAN150685, or you can get it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics. If you want a (spoiler-filled!) sneak peek, there’s a preview on Tumblr.
WASTELAND #60, the double-sized epilogue and final issue of the series, goes on sale this week.
‘Before and After Science’ tells the story of what happened just a few years after the Big Wet, as Marcus roams the wasteland searching for his destiny; and deep in a bunker, a certain scientist builds a certain talking machine…
A young man called Marcus wanders the desert, following the call to A-Ree-Yass-I… but what he does there will echo through the world for years. And decades later, a familiar tale will begin.
This is the final capstone on the epic story of WASTELAND, bringing everything full circle. Making it has brought on a cascade of mixed emotions for both myself and Chris; from painful to cathartic to satisfying, and just about everything in between. I talk more about that in the afterword of issue #60 itself. Spoilers: it was all worth it.
With this final issue, we’re also releasing the final song on the WASTELAND Original Soundtrack, ‘I Recall’.
That completes the album of songs I’ve been making to accompany the book since 2006 (!) and you can now buy a high-quality version of the entire soundtrack on Bandcamp. The album purchase includes two bonus tracks, a booklet PDF, unlimited streaming, and high-quality lossless audio formats to download.
I’ve spent the last six months remixing, re-sequencing, and re-recording guitar parts on most of the songs, to make them suitable for high-quality audio. So if you haven’t listened in a while, give it a whirl.
(If you don’t want to buy the album, fear not; you’ll always be able to listen to MP3s for free at thebigwet.com.)
THE FUSE #11 goes on sale this week, as the ‘Gridlock’ story arc races toward the finish line.
(Geddit? Racing to the finish line… ‘cos the gridlockers are racers… erm… look, solicit text!)
And so another body drops. Was it the same killer? Oh, please. Don’t you know better by now? It’s time to figure out what the hell connects gridlocking, drugs, terrorism, and cellphones once and for all!
And I promise you, by the end of this issue, someone will have been arrested for double murder. But that’s all I’m saying!
In addition, our backup thriller TABLOID is also crashing toward its conclusion, and the letter column returns.
THE FUSE #11 is available from all good comics stores with the order code JAN150685, or you can get it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics. If you want a sneak peek, there’s a six-page preview on Tumblr.
Two big releases this week:
First up is UMBRAL Book Two: The Dark Path, collecting issues #7-12, in which pretty much everything that can change, does:
Rascal has escaped the city — and the clutches of the terrible Umbral shadow-creatures, disguised as humans! But danger also haunts the dark mist of the Bulaswode, and as betrayal prepares to stab her in the back, Rascal must choose whether to trust her friends… or an Umbral!
And then, for monthly readers, THE FUSE #10 is also on shelves with part four of ‘Gridlock’.
What does terrorism look like on a space station? Klem and Ralph are about to find out — and so are you. You lucky readers.
In which terrorists are raided, ‘facial dazzle’ is employed… and somebody else gets murdered. Of course they do.
UMBRAL Book Two is available from all good comic and book stores with the Diamond code DEC140700, or the ISBN 978-1-63215-204-6.
UMBRAL #12, ‘If It Bleeds’, goes on sale this week.
This is a genuinely climactic issue. Rascal discovers more about herself, and her destiny, than perhaps she’d like; Shayim and Munty are both revealed to have been harbouring secrets the whole time, and their fragile friendship is shattered; while Dalone begins to realise that maybe he isn’t as unknown to this world as he thought…
Oh, and there’s a big fight. And some magic. And even some Umbral-on-Umbral action. Don’t believe me? Check out the six-page preview on Comic Book Resources and see for yourself.
THE FUSE #9 goes on sale this week, with part three of ‘Gridlock’.
Feels like Klem and Dietrich can’t even interview someone without another two suspects popping up. But what’s this case really about? The billion-dollar future of gridlocking? Sibling rivalry? Everybody’s favorite motive, drugs? Or could it even be… SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY? Boom! Mind blown.
Also features part 3 of the backup thriller TABLOID, by Ian Mayor and Mack Chater.
ALSO: THE FUSE VOL 1 IN A HUMBLE BUNDLE
If you haven’t already seen it, and/or you’re not yet caught up with THE FUSE; Image Comics is offering a Humble Bundle of Volume 1 books, with around 20 (!) titles available as DRM-free digital downloads, and THE FUSE Vol 1: The Russia Shift is one of them.
All Humble Bundles are pay-what-you-want, which makes this bundle amazing value. And the comics charity benefitted, the Hero Initiative, is a great cause. If you’ve been thinking about reading even just one of the books featured in the bundle, now’s your chance.
WASTELAND #59 goes on sale this week. (Yes, on Christmas Eve…!)
‘Black Planet’ is the final part of the final story arc. The Big Wet’s secrets have been revealed; but will anyone survive to pass them on? And what does it all mean, anyway? Or, to put it another way:
Rocks fall. Everybody dies.
…Well, maybe not everybody.
This is what we’ve been leading towards, what we’ve been building up to, all these years. It’s pretty cathartic.
But! While this is the final issue of the story arc, it’s not the final issue of the series. Issue #60, ‘Before and After Science‘, will be a double-length epilogue issue that caps everything off with the tale of a young man named Marcus; a scientist locked in a bunker; and a certain talking machine…
THE FUSE #8 goes on sale this week, continuing the new story arc, ‘Gridlock’.
Turns out the gridlocker’s death was no accident, and Klem for one is shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, to discover this is a murder case. But it won’t stop her going over The Wall, or even down into Smacktown, to find the killer!
This is where the case begins to hot up, as Klem and Ralph chase down suspects and try to figure out what the hell their victim was doing when she was murdered. It’s pretty intense.
We also have part 2 of the backup thriller TABLOID, and all the usual letter column shenanigans.
THE FUSE #8 is available from all good comics stores with the order code OCT140739, or you can get it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics. If you want a sneak peek, there’s a seven-page preview to read on Tumblr.